HOUSTON – Lizzy Prescott tied another NCAA Championship record and earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as she led Humboldt State to a 1-0 victory over Emporia State in the NCAA Championship Game on Saturday at Memorial Park.
The Lumberjacks finish the season with a record of 57-18 while Emporia State, the North Central Regional Champions, finish with a 48-17 record.
Humboldt State wasted no time getting on the board as first baseman Natalie Galletly hit her 12th home run of the season over the left field fence with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Emporia State threatened in the fifth inning with a pair of one-out singles from Aubree Brattin and Jenna Potter, but the pair was unable to advance, leaving Humboldt State in control, 1-0.
April Huddleston just missed a home run for Emporia State in the bottom of the sixth inning as the ball was just foul down the left field line but once again, Prescott held, extending her scoreless innings streak to 33 innings. Prescott also recorded her 450th strikeout of the season in the sixth inning of play.
Brattin got another hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but unlike the Hornets previous game of the day, there would be no two-strike, two-out heroics. Instead, Prescott recorded the final out of the tournament via strikeout.
It was Prescott’s 10th strikeout of the game and 51st of the Championship, tying the NCAA Division II Championship record for strikeouts in the Championship.
Prescott, who finishes the season with a 48-11 record, had 10 strikeouts in today’s game, tossing seven innings and 103 pitches, scattering five hits without issuing a walk.
Samantha Sheeley took the loss for Emporia State, striking out two and walking one whil allowing just four hits.
Prescott was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Marissa Slattery, Natalie Galletly and Chrissy Motzny. Also on the All-Tournament Team were Emporia State’s Samantha Sheeley, Miranda Campbell and Aubree Brattin; from St. Edward’s Stacy Giles, Kristen Lozano and Lexi Stephens; and from Lock Haven, pitcher Kristen Erb, Amanda Roosa and Devin Glezen.